The Zimbabwe Republic Police has dismissed social media reports which suggest that police found the head of Tapiwa Makore, a 7-year-old Murehwa boy who was killed in September for ritual purposes.
National Police Spokesperson Assistant Commissioner Paul Nyathi issued a statement saying investigations were still underway. Nyathi said:
The Zimbabwe Republic Police has not recovered any skull in relation to the late Tapiwa Makore’s murder investigations. The public should take note that Police are doing routine investigations which include searches for any evidence related to the murder case.
Contrary to social media frenzy, no head, arms or body parts have been recovered in the ongoing searches. The public will thus be kept appraised on the progress of investigations.
Police this Wednesday deployed sniffer dogs at the Damafalls house of Tapiwa’s uncle, Thanks Makore who earlier admitted that he received Tapiwa’s head and arms from his killers and buried them at his house.
Thanks Makore has since backtracked on his statement saying he lied about receiving and burying Tapiwa’s head, adding confusion to the saga.
Scores of people gathered at Tapiwa Makore (Snr)’s twin brother Thanks Makore’s house in Damofalls as police had brought him for indications.
Damafalls residents watched from a distance singing and dancing, demanding the release of Tapiwa’s missing body parts.
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